Little House of Gems

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area

Little House of Gems, Rubyvale - The Fossicking and Sapphire Specialist.

Guided Day Tour Sapphire Fossicking - In your own car, follow Michael out to a fossicking area only eight kilometres out of Rubyvale. Michael will teach you all about fossicking for Sapphires. Morning tea, picnic lunch and fossicking licence included.

DIY Day Tour Sapphire Fossicking - Are you a bit worried that you might be wasting your time digging in the wrong spot? You will get a crash course in Sapphire Fossicking, the equipment and a Treasure Map that will give you confidence that you are in the right spot. This is a Self Drive Tour so make sure you have room for the equipment.

Camping Tour DIY and Sapphire Fossicking - A great Tour if you are set up for self sufficient camping. Small fires are allowed and Camping Permit is included. They will instruct you about sapphire fossicking and provide the equipment and treasure map with camping areas marked.

DIY Tour Kit for Sapphire Fossicking - So you just need the Sapphire Fossicking Kit? They have the equipment for the experienced fossickers!

They also sell fossicking licences.


  • Car park


  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Fossicking
68 Keilambete Road
Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area

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Arcadia Valley Escape

Injune, Maranoa Area
From AU$20.00 - 200.00
Arcadia Valley Escape is a farm-stay set on a 17,000 acre cattle property in central Queensland, two hours north of Roma. Fortified by the Expedition and Carnarvon ranges, it's the perfect place to escape the pressures of everyday life. On you way to Carnarvon Gorge? Why not enjoy the privacy of one of the four guest houses including the Homestead (10 people), Cottage (3 people), Bungalow (3 people), Shepherds Hut (2 people) and the Outpost (2 people). Open all year. Caravanning? No worries, park your caravan amongst the box trees, and enjoy your privacy alongside the mighty Brown river as you relax looking over their man-made wetland dams. Grab a mud map when you arrive and explore what the station has to offer. Caravanners must be fully self-sufficient as there are no facilities available. Enjoy a wine around the fire at night where you can catch up with fellow travellers. Open 1 April to 30 September. Be as active or laid back as you like with plenty to see and do including birdwatching on the wetland dams, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, star gazing, property tours, bush walks and more!

Takarakka Bush Resort

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$35.00 - 230.00
Escape to Takarakka Bush Resort Carnarvon Gorge. Open all year round and fabulous in every season. Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your taste and budget, from spacious caravan and camping sites to en-suited cabins, safari Taka tents, or luxury studios. Discover Queensland's premier National Park and top tourist attraction with loads of things to see and do. A haven for both guests and wildlife nestled in a natural wonderland. Explore the depths of the Carnarvon Gorge Queensland, with its ancient sandstone cliffs and rich indigenous history and rock art. Walk the well kept tracks to discover abundant plant and wildlife, and the songs of colourful birds a plenty. Cook up a heart warming meal in the camp kitchens and relax and enjoy the camp fires or book in for a delicious two course roast dinner as a treat after a big day out. There's plenty of things to do while exploring the Carnarvon Gorge. Take a guided walk, scenic flight, sunset and astronomy tour to unlock the secrets of this special place. Book your Carnarvon Gorge holiday adventure today.

Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$115.00 - 180.00
Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units provides luxury 4 star accommodation. An oasis for guests wanting the perfect place to stay while discovering the Sapphire Gemfields. Guests are offered much more than a great nights sleep with a relaxed, quiet and tranquil haven set amongst three acres of landscaped bush gardens. A variety of accommodation options include spacious One and Two Bedroom Self contained units, Motel Rooms and Deluxe Spa Rooms. All with superb comfort. Facilities include swimming pool with retreat, undercover barbecue, gem shop and is ideal for holidaying and travelling couples seeking clean and quality accommodation. A telescope Observatory is available on site for star gazing. You will enjoy sitting on the verandas with only the sight and sounds of the local birds and kangaroos in the native gardens. The Units offer a private and relaxed atmosphere. The interiors are extremely comfortable with well appointed furniture and fixtures and perfectly clean. Browse in 'Taylors Fine Sapphires'; this on-site shop offers exquisite Sapphire Jewellery featuring the sapphires and gem cutting of Jane and Michael Taylor. The friendly motel service combined with your resort style accommodation will exceed all your expectations and make your Gemfields visit a memorable one.

Injune Motel

Injune, Maranoa Area
From AU$99.00 - 130.00
Injune is base camp for your Carnarvon Gorge experience so plan ahead and choose to stay at Injune Motel, where you'll be surprised by the 10 luxury self contained bungalows surrounded by shrubs and palm trees. You'll enjoy all the modern conveniences you can expect on a touring holiday, with the bonus of staying in a quiet location. Injune Motel can cater for all room configurations and budgets, from single rooms, double rooms, rooms with queen size beds, family rooms and self-contained bungalows. All rooms have reverse cycle air conditioning, en suites, kettles, toasters and microwave ovens. The premises has a barbecue area with free gas barbecue. All meals are available from the Roadhouse daily, Dinner and lunch at the hotel daily, breakfast and lunch at Cafe on Second and the Injune Bowls Club is just across the street and provides evening meals on Wednesdays and Fridays. The swimming pool and tennis courts are within walking distance. The units at Injune Motel have all the appointments of most urban motels, but with friendly country hospitality at no extra charge. They look forward to welcoming you and trust they can make your stay enjoyable.

Blue Gem Caravan Park

Sapphire, Central Highlands Area
From AU$29.00 - 120.00
Blue Gem Caravan Park, the Friendly Fossickers Park is situated in Sapphire on the banks of Retreat Creek where Sapphires were originally discovered. Their fossicking park located on site allows you to search for stones under the guidance of their staff. For the more serious fossicker you can hire some equipment and wander down to the creek or public fossicking areas and do some digging for yourself and maybe find the Big One! They can also provide information on local Fossicking Tours out to the fields. The facilities offered are groceries, fuel, gas, ice, takeaway food, souvenirs, jewellery sales, fossicking/camping permits, hire equipment and much more. Happy Social Hour every day during winter, they bring the nibblies on Saturdays. Come along and enjoy this family and pet friendly park.

Dooleys Tavern and Motel Springsure

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$120.00 - 150.00
Dooleys Springsure Tavern and Motel is located in the main street of Springsure, home to the Virgin Rock and is approximately 60 kilometres south of Emerald in the Central Highlands. The ideal place to relax and unwind, Dooley's Tavern Springsure is fully air conditioned and full of atmosphere. A piece of Ireland in the heart of Central Queensland. The newest motel in Springsure, Dooley's boasts 68 Executive rooms, complete with Wi-Fi Internet access, AUSTAR, air conditioning, 3 inch Flat Screen televisions, easy access parking, standard, twin, family or disabled rooms with queen or single pillow top mattresses. Dooley's Springsure is an ideal venue for birthday celebrations', engagement parties, anniversaries, seasonal events, conferences, meetings and other special occasions. Renowned for its family friendly hospitality, Dooley's 'Award Winning' Springsure Tavern' has something for everybody. From a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner options offered 7 days a week, meal packages for groups and take away orders are available. You will find the tavern has an extensive selection of refreshing drinks, including the choice of nine ice cold beers on tap. The bottle shop is also stocked with a wide range of beers, wines and spirits for you to choose from.

Olas Holiday House

Sapphire, Central Highlands Area
From AU$105.00 - 105.00
A Gem of a holiday or just passing through. Ola's Holiday House is near new, situated in quiet garden surroundings and easy to find - well signposted, just drive in. It is completely air-conditioned and self-contained with two bedrooms, plus a double day bed and sofa bed. All linen, electric blankets and doonas are included. The house is tastefully furnished with a large living area and outside barbecue and large refrigerator and freezer. Stay at Ola's Holiday House for a fossicking stay - do-it-yourself, or go on a self-drive fossicking tour with a friendly guide. Visit an underground mine or fossicking park. Nearby there are gem and jewellery shops, supermarkets, a newsagency, post office, hotel, coffee shops, restaurants, a pharmacy and medical centre.

Rubyvale Gem Gallery Apartments

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
From AU$107.00 - 200.00
Your comfort is guaranteed staying in one of Rubyvale Gem Gallery's spacious self-contained holiday apartments. Private patios and verandas surrounded by attractive gardens, ensure you will relax and unwind after an exciting day of sapphire fossicking. Located in the centre of Rubyvale means you can walk across the street to the pub, a grocery store, the Post Office, laundromat, fossicking park, and you are right next door to the Rubyvale Gem Gallery Cafe serving delicious meals and coffees. Also next door is the Australian Tourism award winning Rubyvale Gem Gallery where you will discover sapphires as you have never seen before, in an unbelievable array of colours and shapes, and set in the most exquisitely designed jewellery that will make you feel like royalty. Whisper quiet air-conditioning in all the apartments will keep you cool in their warmer months and toasty warm in the winter. The friendly staff have all lived on the Sapphire Gemfields for over 30 years so they can share their wealth of information with you, entertain you with stories of the colourful characters past and present, and maybe even steer you in the right direction so that you can dig up your own sapphire fortune!

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Carnarvon Gorge, Central Highlands Area
From AU$220.00 - 260.00
Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge is the closest accommodation to the Gorge! With plenty of active wildlife to see up close, a salt water swimming pool and licensed restaurant Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge offers a bush holiday in style. The distinctive safari style cabins are set among native trees and ancient macrozamia palms and offer tea and coffee making facilities, evaporative air cooling and heating. The fully licensed restaurant's al a carte menus caters perfectly for families, groups, couples and special occasions. The al fresco decking area offers a "gorge"ous setting to enjoy your meal, devonshire tea, espresso coffee or cold beverages Get set to discover glamping while you relax, unwind and enjoy the ancient tranquil surroundings of Carnarvon Gorge. Special note: The cabins do not have cooking facilities, there are no communal cooking facilities available and the setting up of cooking equipment on site is not authorised. Annual Closure: 1 November to 1 March.

Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$154.00 - 287.00
The Maraboon Motor Inn has everything you as a traveller could possibly want in an accommodation venue with superb comfort, top facilities and competitive rates. The Maraboon Motor Inn is situated in Esmond Street, between the Maraboon Tavern and the Capricornian Restaurant, directly across the road from the Twin Cinema's and the Emerald Village Shopping complex. When you stay at the Maraboon, you don't just get premium service on arrival, the hospitality continues for your whole stay, however long or short that may be. Whether your visit to Emerald is for business or pleasure, you can relax and enjoy the convenience and comfort of the Emerald Maraboon Motor Inn. All beds are now triple sheeted and all have new 68 centimetre flat screen LCD televisions all rooms.
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